Friday, October 25, 2013

Elsewhere: Nominations, Tree-Shaking

Today at PostPartisan, I suggested the possibility that daily briefings are driving the need to have something to say at the daily briefings, rather than the other way around. And that it reminds me of the "shake the trees" business from the end of the Clinton administration.

Yesterday, I put in another call for reforming executive branch nominations.

And one earlier one: I wrote a pretty optimistic assessment of the ACA website fiasco.

That's all for now. Should have the usual Salon column over the weekend and a Monday TAP piece; that seems to be getting to be a fairly regular schedule.

1 comment:

  1. Your summary of your PostPartisan piece doesn't do it justice--you see the daily briefings as motivating action rather than just reporting it, and motivating it continuously. Very interesting and makes institutional sense.

    On the ACA website, I agree that if it is fixed in the next 30 days, it will be forgotten. (Didn't I read that the MA exchange took 6 weeks to get out the bugs, and that's with far fewer users?) It always amazes me that people work themselves up into such a lather about something when the government does it, but don't have much to say when it's the so-called private sector. Like there aren't any other websites that provide nothing but an endless loop of frustration just to get anybody's attention to your problem. Especially in this era when you can't get a human being on the phone, and every local service is routed to some call center on one of the moons of Jupiter.


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